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September 6, 2013

Security, express style

NORMAN — Seasoned travelers are pretty used to security measures. They wear slip-on shoes, skip the belt and jackets and have their laptop computers ready to come out of the briefcase and into the security bin.

In Oklahoma at least, some frequent travelers who sign up and submit to a background screening can skip some of the security requirements. The Transport Security Administration has announced 60 airports are being added to the PreCheck program that exempts some travelers.

The expedited security program is already in use in 40 airports. Oklahoma City and Tulsa airports are being added.

Those approved for the program can keep their shoes, belts and light jackets on. Liquids can be kept in plastic bags. It is one of the few instances where the government has relaxed security at the nation’s airports since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A move earlier this year to allow travelers to carry pocketknives was shot down after pilots and flight attendants objected.

The Associated Press reports frequent travelers have to be referred by an airline to TSA and must choose to opt in. The program costs $85.

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